Is 10 Today’s New 40?

To get right to the point, today’s youth a getting fatter! Whether it’s because of playing too many video games, lack of exercise, poor eating habits or a combination of all, one thing is for certain our youth are getting rounder.

In Canada, in just the last 2 decades, childhood obesity rates have steadily climbed to over 300% Yikes!

What does this mean for Canadian youth?

For starters, they face a coming epidemic of increased cardiovascular disease, and other obesity related diseases, that will strike them at a much earlier age, than any previous generation that came before them.

One study in the U.S. found that the arteries of obese youth were prematurely aged. The blood vessels of the test group had a vesicular age of 30 years older than there chronological age.

We thought that our health system was in crisis now, baby! We haven’t seen anything yet. With the rise in obesity related diseases cumulated with an aging baby boomer generation, the system to say the least will be hanging on by a thread.

Nothing short of a major cultural change is needed to turn things around, kids need to get more active, and make regular activity a permanent part of their lives, not just a sideline.

In Nova Scotia, only 10% of elementary school aged kids get their daily recommended amount of exercise, that number falls even further once they reach high school age and beyond.

Due to the earlier onset of diabetes, cardiovascular and other illnesses due to obesity, this generation will be the first to live shorter lives than their predecessors. In this age of technological, scientific and medical advancements, that help extend our lives, this is appalling.

Trying to bring about that cultural change, getting our youth more active is easier said than done. We live in an age of excess, over consumption and ease of use.  Youth today are more likely to grab their PS2 or X-Box, than to get up and get moving. It’s a tough sell.

If we don’t address these issues NOW! Later on down the road, much sooner than later, it will carry a tearful cost, both financially and in our youth’s health.

Is inactivity really worth the price?

By: Master Tim Bell

http://www.bellstaekwondo.com

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